Welcome, new and prospective members!
Thinking of joining Hockomock Digital Photographers?
Or, already a member but still a little confused by the big picture?
Then, here’s the place to start. . .
Q. When and where do you meet?
A. The club meets every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to about 9:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the East Bridgewater Library at 32 Union Street. The entrance is at the back of the library and the meeting room is downstairs. Our season runs from September to May.
Click here for the 2015 / 2016 Schedule
Q. What photographic experience do I need? What experience do others in the club have?
A. You need no experience whatsoever. HDP has members of all experience levels:
- Beginners: members who are just getting their feet wet and learning what a fun hobby this can be
- Intermediate: members who have been around cameras for a while but still have the desire to learn and grow
- Advanced: members who make their living in photography
Click here for our home page
Q. What does the club offer?
A. Based on our annual survey, the club offers a variety of programs at differing levels of photography targeted to meet the interests of our members. You will have an opportunity to learn how to improve your photography and post processing skills; get feedback from our monthly image study nights; enter your photos in the club’s competitions; and display your framed prints in surrounding library exhibits. We plan field trips where techniques and tips are shared. This year we are starting up a mentorship program.
Q. What are the club’s expectations of me as a new member?
A. There are no expectations – other than an interest in photography. However, we hope you become involved in the various club activities we offer and attend as many meetings as possible.
Q- What kind of a camera do I need?
A. There is no camera requirement at all. We believe photography starts with the eye, not the equipment. Anything that records a digital image is just fine, including iPhones. The majority of members, however, have dSLRs, as we are a digital camera club.
Some of the terms that are mentioned in this introduction and on the website are further explained here:
Image Study: Image study is a great opportunity to improve your photo ability. Members submit via the Internet two images to be projected on Image Study night. Members may offer suggestions for improvement or point out what works successfully to make an image more impactful. Image study is a great learning experience and is helpful for fine-tuning images for competitions.
Click here for info on Image Study
Club Competition: We schedule five club competitions each year. Each competition is based on a specific photographic genre. Members’ images are judged within their respective class: Class A or Class B. Outside judges are recruited to critique the images and assign a score. Competition is more formal than image study but equally as informative and helpful in learning what makes images stand out.
Click here for info on Club Competitions
Photographic Genres: The various genres we focus on in club competitions are: portraiture, architecture, monochromatic, and nature. We also have a creative category for Image Study only.
-Click here for Genre Information
Library Prints: The club displays framed prints at local libraries on a rotating basis. Libraries include East Bridgewater, Avon, Abington, Raynham, and Pembroke. Members are encouraged to frame prints for exhibiting.
Click here for more information on our Library Exhibits
First Wednesdays: The first meeting of the month is designed to provide mentorship for any member who has an area he or she would like some help with, be it editing, learning the functions of a camera, or any other need. Members will be paired with someone who has proficiency in the area they’d like to learn more about.
Click here for the 2015 / 2016 Schedule
Mentors: We are setting up a program to provide support to members who have an area they’d like to learn more about by pairing them with someone who can help with the area of interest.
Bi-Monthly Challenges: In the past we have challenged our members to get out and shoot. Every other month a new category is assigned for members to capture. Submitted images are put on the HDP website. There are no critiques on these.
Click here for info on our Bi-Monthly Challenge
Socials: Traditionally we hold a holiday party in December highlighted with food and a Yankee Swap. To close out the HDP season, an end-of the year get-together has been held. This is an opportunity for fun and food with photo friends and family. End of the year competition awards are given out at this time.
Click here to view past Holiday Social
Meet our HDP New Members’ Committee
Ruth: Current Vice-President, member of the Library Exhibit Committee and New Members’ Committee
Ellen: New Members’ Committee
Judy: New Members’ Committee
Lynne: Co-treasurer, Social Committee C0-chair, and New Members’ Committee
Mariann: Member of the Field Trip Committee and New Members’ Committee
As stated earlier, at HDP no experience is needed. However, to make your HDP experience worthwhile we do expect members to:
- Have an interest in photography
- Attend meetings on a regular basis
Annual dues are presently $35 while full-time high school students are assessed at $15 for the year.